Chelsea defeat Arsenal to extend Premier League lead

Eden Hazard scored a brilliant solo goal as Chelsea tightened their grip at the top of the Premier League against rivals Arsenal.

Marcos Alonso scored his fourth goal of the season before Hazard saw off Arsenal’s defence in a run from the halfway line in a piece of individual brilliance, while Cesc Fabregas wrapped up the win for Antonio Conte’s men.

Chelsea manager Conte made just one change from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool, with Pedro replacing Willian on the right of a three-man attack. Continue reading

Sutton United shock Leeds United to reach FA Cup fifth round

Non-league Sutton United reached the fifth round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history as they defeated 1972 winners Leeds United 1-0 on Sunday.

Captain Jamie Collins scored the winning goal, converting a 53rd minute penalty, while Leeds had their own captain Liam Cooper sent off for a second booking in the dying minutes.

Leeds manager Garry Monk continued the recent trend of making wholesale changes for the FA Cup, with just midfielder Stuart Dallas surviving from the eleven that started their 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday. Seventeen-goal top-scorer Chris Wood was rested, while debuts were handed to academy products Paul McKay and Billy Whitehouse. Continue reading

Arsenal fire five past lacklustre Southampton

A Theo Walcott hat-trick helped Arsenal see off Southampton, as they strolled to a 5-0 win to advance to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

The visitors were 3-0 up before half-time, with the returning Danny Welbeck scoring twice, before Walcott completed his hat-trick in the second half, as Arsenal eased to victory and book their place in the last 16.

Southampton manager Claude Puel made ten changes from the side that beat Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday, with Jack Stephens, who impressed at Anfield, the only player to also start tonight’s tie. Continue reading

Doncaster defeat Portsmouth to extend League Two lead

A John Marquis double helped Doncaster Rovers extend their lead at the top of League Two, as they beat Portsmouth 3-1 on Thursday night.

Marquis opened the scoring in the fourth minute, before Kal Naismith levelled for Portsmouth before half time, but second-half goals from Tommy Rowe and Marquis ensured victory for the Yorkshire side.

Doncaster started the game in the best possible way, and took an early lead in the fifth minute with the first chance of the game.

James Coppinger’s right-wing cross was met by the shoulder of centre-back Christian Burgess, and fell kindly to striker John Marquis, who headed past the helpless David Forde from six yards out for his 11th goal of the season. Continue reading

Everton v Arsenal LIVE: Match Report in Tweets

Here is my live tweet report of Everton v Arsenal in the Premier League on 13 December 2016.

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Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund LIVE: Match Report in Tweets

Here is my live tweet report of Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on 07 December 2016.

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Dominant Macclesfield earn FA Cup replay

Non-league Macclesfield Town’s quest to reach the third round of the Emirates FA Cup for the first time in 6 years will have to go to another game, as the Silkmen earned a 0-0 draw with Oxford United to force a replay.

The hosts dominated proceedings for the majority of the match, but lacked the composure in front of goal that was needed to score past their League One opponents.

It was the hosts that started the match the brighter of the two sides, with Town winger Jack Mackreth creating the first big chance in the 6th minute, as he delivered a ball in for an unmarked Danny Rowe, who steered his header across the face of goal but no-one was there to convert. Continue reading